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  • Fortunately, endometriosis is a treatable condition
  • If you have mild symptoms of endometriosis, you don’t need to bother with either hormone therapy or surgery at all. Pain medication is often recommended by physicians for milder cases, but be careful as pharmaceutical painkillers often trigger addiction — the last thing you would want to experience on your road to recovery
 

How to Treat Endometriosis

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Fortunately, endometriosis is a treatable condition. Given that there are various treatment protocols nowadays, your health care provider or physician should make considerations first before prescribing the treatment that would work best for you. Their decision should be based on the following factors:1,2

Age

Overall health and medical history

Current symptoms

Extent of the disease

Tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies

Expectations for the course of the disease

Personal opinion or preference

Desire for pregnancy because some treatments may prevent you from becoming pregnant

Synthetic Hormone Therapy May Have Negative Side Effects

Physicians may often recommend synthetic hormone therapy to help relieve pain caused by endometriosis. Some examples are:3

Oral contraceptives that have a combination of estrogen and progestin (the synthetic form of the hormone progesterone) in order to impede ovulation and lessen your menstrual flow

Progestins (taken alone)

Gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists that blocks ovarian hormone production, leading to “medical menopause”

Danazol, a synthetic derivative testosterone

However, do not be fooled about the “benefits” of synthetic hormone therapies, as these can take a toll on your health by raising your risk for stroke, heart attack, dementia and breast cancer.

Two trials of hormone therapy conducted by the Women’s Health Initiative proved this, with the study being stopped at one point because many women were already being killed.4,5

A meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal in January 20056 also highlighted this concern, as the results revealed that synthetic hormone therapy is linked with a higher risk of ischemic stroke, wherein there’s a blockage of blood flow onto the brain. Synthetic hormone therapy could also raise your risk for stroke by one-third, and for fatal or disabling stroke by more than half.

Relieve Endometriosis Pain Naturally

If you have mild symptoms of endometriosis, you don’t need to bother with either hormone therapy or surgery. Pain medication is often recommended by physicians7 for milder cases, but be careful as pharmaceutical painkillers often trigger addiction — the last thing you would want to experience on your road to recovery.

These herbs and plants are safer than and just as effective as conventional painkillers, and they usually cost less too. Here are some that you may want to try at the comfort of your own home:8,9,10,11

Turmeric: this spice often used in Indian cuisine was already used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric’s positives come from a bioactive ingredient called curcumin, which was shown to be helpful in treating inflammatory diseases and autoimmune disorders.

Make a healthy turmeric drink at home by boiling 2 cups of water and adding a teaspoon each of turmeric and ginger powders, as well as tablespoon of honey and lemon juice. It’s recommended that you drink this once a day until the problem subsides.

Ginger: reducing inflammation, treating menstrual cramps, relieving endometriosis-caused nausea and assisting the liver in eliminating excess toxins are some of ginger’s benefits.

Create your own ginger tea by boiling 1 tablespoon of grated ginger into 2 cups of water for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and add honey. Consume around 2 to 3 cups of this delicious tea daily. You can also chew on fresh ginger pieces several times a day.

Chamomile: its anti-inflammatory properties are able to lessen inflammation and swelling caused by endometriosis. Plus, it’s a natural diuretic that could help in flushing out your bladder.

Prepare chamomile tea at home by steeping 2 teaspoons of dried chamomile in 1 cup of hot water for five minutes. Strain the liquid, add honey and drink away. Two to three cups of chamomile tea might just help relieve pain caused by endometriosis. There are also chamomile capsules or tinctures available, but consult a physician first prior to consuming them.

Bromelain: this is a protein-digesting enzyme commonly found in pineapples. Bromelain was used in both Central and South America for many years to treat indigestion and lessen inflammation.12 Bromelain can be taken in capsule form, but fresh pineapple works well too. Just make sure that you leave some of the pulpy core intact when eating it, since this is where bromelain is most abundant.

Surgical Procedures May Be Needed for Severe Endometriosis Cases

If any of the natural remedies mentioned above do not work, consult a physician immediately. You might already have an extreme case of endometriosis, and at this point, any of these surgical procedures might be recommended:13

Laparoscopy: also utilized to diagnose endometriosis, this involves inserting a laparoscope (a thin tube with a lens and a light) into an incision made within the abdominal wall. This allows the surgeon to look into your pelvic area and search for endometrial growths that can be removed. Patients who undergo this procedure are often under general anesthesia.14

Laparotomy: this extensive surgical procedure aims to remove as much of the displaced endometrial tissue without damaging other healthy tissue.

Hysterectomy: a surgery wherein the uterus, and possibly even the ovaries, is removed.

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